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February 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
With the U.S. in the final stretch before this summer's World Cup, Coach Juergen Klinsmann has challenged his players to step up and make a statement if they want to make the team. Chris Wondolowski proved Saturday that he got the message, scoring goals in each half to lift the U.S. to a 2-0 win over South Korea before a sold-out crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center. Whether that will be enough to earn him a seat on the plane to Brazil remains to be seen. But it sure didn't hurt his chances with Klinsmann, who admitted he came away impressed.
January 31, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers, 11-3 since Chris Paul went down with a separated right shoulder on Jan. 3 in Dallas, have impressed many with their recent play. They lead the Pacific Division and have the fourth-best record (33-16) in the tough Western Conference. Reggie Miller, TNT's NBA analyst who watched the Clippers play at Golden State on Thursday night, indicated that he liked what he saw out of the L.A. team despite their 111-92 loss to the Warriors. “I think their schedule sets them up well,” Miller said during the game.
January 31, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
When Mike Magee walked into StubHub Center on Friday morning, the return inspired memories and goose bumps. "This stadium [is] a place that had a pretty special place in my heart," said Magee, a fan favorite during his five seasons with the Galaxy. It could become even more special if Magee gets an opportunity to play Saturday afternoon before a sold-out crowd in the U.S. national team's exhibition with South Korea. Major League Soccer's reigning most valuable player, Magee went nine years between call-ups to a national team camp.
January 23, 2014 | David Wharton
In a few days, Dan Richards will hit the ground in Sochi to begin final preparations for the Winter Olympics. As head of a Boston-based crisis management and response company, Richards has been hired to help protect the U.S. ski and snowboard teams while they compete in Russia. He hopes for an uneventful few weeks, but with recent news of terrorist bombings in the region and Islamist militants threatening further attacks, his job could prove difficult. "I think there is a high degree of concern and nervousness," the chief executive of Global Rescue said.
January 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
The U.S. Olympic ski team, needing star power in Lindsey Vonn's absence, can certainly look to Ted Ligety. The 29-year-old scored a World Cup victory in the super combined in Wengen, Switzerland, on Friday, beating out Alexis Pinturault of France. Though Ligety is the reigning world champion in super combined -- and won a 2006 Olympic gold in the combined -- this result marked his first World Cup win in an event other than the giant slalom. Another American skier, Bode Miller, finished ninth.
January 13, 2014 | By Randall Roberts
Twelve songs recorded straight to two-track, the adrenalized country music on "This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983" captures a fiery band at the beginning of its impressive run. The L.A. country rock band, birthed by vocalist Maria McKee and guitarist Ryan Hedgecock, is best known for its run of near-misses (despite being managed by a young Jimmy Iovine) in the mid-'80s, but before signing with Geffen Records it buzzed through town on the wings of McKee's soprano. Recorded in the San Fernando Valley, "This Is Lone Justice" introduces McKee & Co. with a combination of covers and originals.
December 29, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
We enjoyed the article on Myanmar ("End of an Era?" by Amanda Jones, Dec. 15), and we were glad to see that the traveling was slightly off the beaten path. We recently spent two weeks there and recommend seeing this newly opened culture. I beg to differ on not visiting the very important sights in Yangon and Mandalay. It would be like visiting Louisiana but skipping New Orleans because it is too crowded. The thousands of acres of floating crop fields at Inle Lake deserve particular note.
December 16, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
In "Saving Mr. Banks," the new film about Walt Disney's efforts to persuade the cantankerous British author P.L. Travers to make her "Mary Poppins" novels into a movie musical, Tom Hanks steps into the shoes of the famous studio head. At a recent installment of the  Envelope Screening Series , however, Hanks whipped out his portrayal of a different Disney honcho: current chairman and CEO Robert Iger. Hanks did so while recounting how he got the part of Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks.
December 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's Shaquelle Evans has some unfinished business, which he intends to wrap up in Alabama. Evans, a senior, was invited to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25, an all-star showcase game for NFL general managers and scouts. “It is something I have worked for since the end of last year,” Evans said. “It's a big game for seniors. I wanted to make sure I got there.” Evans leads the Bruins with 43 receptions for 617 yards and eight touchdowns. He has 122 receptions for 1,803 yards and 13 touchdowns in three years at UCLA.
December 13, 2013 | Helene Elliott
OTTAWA - The most impressive aspect of rookie right wing Tyler Toffoli's recent play isn't that he has earned points in three straight games and four of the last five, because he has always been a scorer. He personifies one of hockey's great, quaint sayings - that the puck seems to find him. He was a prolific scorer in the junior ranks and in his one full season with Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League, and he has eight goals and 15 points in 18 games with the Kings this season.
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